Embroidery for beginners

Spring term 2024, Embroidery for beginners.


Monday: Embroidery for beginners
Time: 6.00pm-7.15pm
Start: 08.01.24
Duration: 8 weeks (no class on the 05.02.24 and 12.02.24)
Fee: 85 euro / Materials Fee: 10 euro is payable, in cash, to the tutor on the first day of the course. (It is CDETB policy that refunds are only issued if a course does not form. Before booking, please see our terms and conditions page).
Notes: All courses are subject to a minimum number in order to proceed. In the event that a course is oversubscribed, places will be offered on a first-booked, first-served basis and a waiting list will then be created. You will be contacted in this event.


Embroidery for beginners

Looking to develop a skill? To find a mindful practice? To create something unique and modern? Well, then embroidery for beginners is for you. Each week, Alice will show you different skills that you will practice in class. This course is for beginners and you will start at the very beginning. The first week, you will talk through your materials, cover some of the basics (like how to thread a needle), and learn some simple stitches to get you started. You will build on this knowledge of stitches and materials as the course progresses each week. Each student will create a sampler for the stitches learned, but will also apply them to some small designs. You will also look at samples and images to give these stitches context. Towards the end of the course, Alice will also discuss creating your own embroidery designs. She will support you with the different types of stitches and inspire you to create unique, personal, and modern miniature works of art. You will cover line stitches, filling stitches and textural stitches – many of these would be based in Crewelwork or modern freestyle embroidery.

Materials needed for this course (can also be purchased on day 1 from the tutor)

Embroidery hoop (ideally 6inch or 8inch size), cotton fabric (at least 2 pieces slightly larger than your embroidery hoop), embroidery needles (various sizes), and embroidery thread (at least 2 skeins of different colours). These materials can be purchased from Alice at the first class at a cost of €10 if you don’t already have them.


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About your tutor: Alice Brady

Embroidery for beginners

Alice is a passionate embroiderer inspired by Ireland. Alice began stitching in school at the age of 15, but it wasn’t until she heard about the Degree Course at the Royal School of Needlework, London that she thought she might make a career out of it. Here, she learned a wide range of embroidery techniques and worked on a number of high profile projects such as the Nicholas Oakwell for Great Britain campaign and the HBO Game of Thrones Hardhome Embroidery.

After graduating from the RSN in 2017, Alice moved back home to Dublin, Ireland and began work on a series of pieces inspired by Irish Folklore, Language, Landscape and History. So far, Alice has completed The Wildflowers series, Celtic Knot series, and Ogham series. These works have also inspired some personalised and commissioned pieces.

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